Welcome to Praia da Lagoinha & Praia Brava
The northeastern tip of the island is a slender peninsula, accessed by slow-moving roads that wind around the hills to the beach. These towns are ritzier than their neighbors, though the beaches are still overbuilt. Praia da Lagoinha is a crescent-shaped patch of sand, surrounded on three sides by rocky cliffs that keep the water calm. Here you'll still find a traditional fishing colony slinging nets into the sea and a colorful armada of simple fishing boats moored on the beach's eastern end near the mouth of the small river.
Praia Brava, 3km southeast of Lagoinha, attracts surfers and a privileged, easy-on-the-eyes crowd in summer, many of whom tumble out of the upscale condominiums that face the sands some 400m back from the beach.